The Human Trafficking Foundation raises awareness to educate communities about the perils of men, women and children enslaved through human trafficking. This form of modern-day slavery involves the exploitation of vulnerable persons through commercial sex, forced labor or involuntary servitude.
On a local scale, according to national human trafficking hotline tips and complaints, Florida ranks as third in the proliferation of human trafficking, with the Tampa Bay area being second in the state.
The David Maus Foundation will sponsor the annual Light Up the Night Human Trafficking Awareness Event scheduled for Jan. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel.
The free, family friendly event will take place at the shopping center’s parking garage, upper level.
There will be live music by Brooke Robertson; intermission music hosted by Northwest Community Church; a performance by Vine Church’s Dunamis Dance Ministry; a Kids’ Zone; a teen area with games; educational speakers; and, a candlelight ceremony to conclude the event.
To learn more about the Human Trafficking Foundation, visit HTFoundation.us.
If you think you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking in Pasco, Hillsborough or Pinellas County, call the National Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline at 888-373-7888.
Published January 27, 2021